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Balloon Rides

Everything you might want to know about arranging for rides in a hot air balloon. A great way to have some fun, gift certificates for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries. A hot air balloon makes a romantic setting for a marriage proposal.

 

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The table is broken into geographic regions for ease of reading. Many pilots fly in multiple areas, some of their additional areas are noted. With respect to passenger capacity, many pilots can arrange flights for larger groups. It is suggested that you speak directly to a pilot concerning your interests. Click on a geographic area for a list of pilots offering balloon rides.

  1. Connecticut
  2. Maryland
  3. New Jersey – Central
  4. New Jersey – Northern
  5. New Jersey – Southern
  6. New York
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Other Areas

About Hot Air Balloon Rides

A hot air balloon ride is a very special experience and can be the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. The following provides some general things to know for those planning to either take a ride or give one as a gift.
 
Allow about three hours for the complete activity. This will include meeting the balloon crew at a designated location; 30 minutes or so (prior to flight time) for a procedural/safety briefing and setting up the balloon; one hour for the actual flight; 30 minutes for landing and packing up the equipment; then return to the launch site and traditional champagne toast.
 
Like all activities, it is appropriate to “dress for the occasion.” Naturally, the temperature will control types of clothing and quantity. This is an outdoor sport, appropriate clothing is desired. Some recommendations include: closed-toed shoes (sneakers, hiking boots, etc.); jeans; (no dress pants or skirts, or shorts); comfortable shirt/jacket; hat. For morning flights be aware of damp (dew) ground and consider water repellent footwear. Sunglasses should be included as with any outdoor event.
 
Bring along a camera and lots of film. Video cameras are frequently taken on balloon rides. You are welcome to photograph the entire process, and the crew will be happy to offer some suggestions for special photo opportunities.
 
Many people ask what a ride “feels like.” Because balloons travel “with the wind,” rather than against it, there is virtually no sensation of motion and the only sound is that of the burner putting heat into the balloon. Generally, on launch the ground simply melts away slowly as you rise into the air, and on landings the ground gets closer. On occasion, things get a bit more exciting, should a breeze kick up during a launch or landing.
 
The issue of safety is frequently asked and is explained in detail prior to actually taking a flight. As previously noted, pilots are certified by the FAA and balloons are inspected annually by FAA designated repair stations. Safety is a keyword in ballooning and flights do not happen if there are adverse conditions present. Despite all the precautions, it is important to recognize that ballooning, like anything (and everything) else has an element of risk. It is equally important to know that thousands upon thousands of balloon flights occur each year with the only excitement being that of enjoyment.
 
The number of people that can be carried varies with the size of the balloon and basket. For large groups, pilots work together to provide enough balloons so that everyone is accommodated.
 
There are many reasons to take a balloon ride; celebration of a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement (yes, many couples have gotten engaged and even married in hot air balloons), graduation or just to enjoy the sights from a slightly different point of view.

Connecticut

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Fairfield, CT Bill Colyer A Yankee Balloon, LLC Up to 5
Kensington, CT Jim Regan CT Ballooning 1 – 5 and up
Woodbury, CT Christopher Mooney IN PROGRESS TBA

Maryland

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Baldwin, MD Matthew Lidinsky Up Up Away Hot Air Balloon Company 4
Bel Air, MD Michael Gerred IN PROGRESS TBA
New Market, MD Patrick Smith IN PROGRESS TBA
Westminster, MD Mark Meyer IN PROGRESS TBA

Northern New Jersey

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Asbury, NJ Kimberly Gott IN PROGRESS TBA
Blairstown, NJ Mark and Sandi Avery Skylands Ballooning 1-4
Clifton, NJ Aaron Brody IN PROGRESS TBA
Clinton, NJ Tim Strand Balloon America LLC 4 per balloon
Hampton, NJ Jim Buzby IN PROGRESS TBA
Hunterdon Cty, NJ Nick Mazzocchi & Sally Lidinsky The Flying Mazzocchis 1 – 6
Milford, NJ Ken Loesser Crystal Ship Balloon Rides – 609-915-5747 4
Oldwick, NJ Denny Fleck Tewksbury Balloon Adventures 8
Parsippany, NJ Dick & Mary Beth Young A Beautiful Balloon 1 or more
Phillipsburg, NJ Rodger Kell Have Balloon Will Travel 1 – 4 Up to 50
Pittstown, NJ Tracy Leaver Easy Breezes, Inc. 1 – 4
Pittstown, NJ Bob Mueller IN PROGRESS TBA
Pittstown, NJ Marty Pfenninger Balloons Aloft 1 – 4

Central New Jersey

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Brick, NJ Gene Burnstein ClipAwayBallooning 2 – 3
Bridgewater, NJ John Coulahan IN PROGRESS TBA
Flemington, NJ Robin Larkin Dancing on Air 1 – 6 or larger
Flemington, NJ Mike Zemlachenko Hunterdon Ballooning, Inc. 2 – 5 or larger
Hamilton, NJ RJ Letrent and Jeff Lovelace Hi Ballooning, LLC 2 – 4
Howell, NJ Ken Leota Sir Prize 2 – 3
Pennington, NJ Neal Blackwell IN PROGRESS TBA
Pennington, NJ Bob Waligunda IN PROGRESS TBA
Piscataway, NJ JR Maehr IN PROGRESS 2
Readington, NJ Matthew Lidinsky Up Up Away Hot Air Balloon Company 4
Whitehouse Station, NJ Joe Doerer Dream Chaser 1 – 3
Whitehouse Station, NJ Vinny Panico Vantage Point Ballooning TBA

Southern New Jersey

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Forked River, NJ Emelia Bernava Dreamworks 2 – 3

New York

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Bradford, NY Kris Goodrich IN PROGRESS TBA
Endicott, NY Dariush Farzad IN PROGRESS TBA
Gainesville, NY Kevin Raymond IN PROGRESS TBA
Glenville, NY David Kramer Windrifter Ballooning 2
Mahopac, NY Paul Ward Britannia Ballooning Adventures 2 – 4
Portageville, NY Sean Quigley Balloons over Letchworth Up to 14
Poughkeepsie, NY Rich Hamilton Adventure with Altitude Ballooning – 845-464-1004 3
Poughkeepsie, NY Bill Hughes Blue Sky Balloons 5

Pennsylvania

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Allentown/Quakertown, PA Robert Ward On Your Way Up Ballooning – 610-390-6897 1 – 4
Bethlehem, PA R. Scott Kelley Has Anyone Seen My Balloon?, Inc. – 610-570-7614 3 – 4
Bird in Hand, PA Stan Hess United States Hot Air Balloon Team – 800-763-5987 2 – 10
Birdsboro, PA Kyle Laxton IN PROGRESS TBA
Bucks County Pennsylvania Scott & Tony Saxton Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons 2 – 5+
Chester Springs, PA Barry Dilibero IN PROGRESS TBA
Collegeville, PA Vince Galet Sky Riders Balloon Team 2 – 3
Easton, PA Rick Bryant Sights Unseen 1 – 4
Gilbertsville, PA Blair Beard IN PROGRESS TBA
Harrisburg, PA Richard Hughes IN PROGRESS TBA
Hershey, PA Mark MacSkimming Movin’ Magic – 717-805-8400 2 – 4
Holicong, PA Stan Hess United States Hot Air Balloon Team – 800-763-5987 2 – 10
Holland, PA Bob Dicks Fleck’s Folly 4
Kutztown, PA Stephen Esser IN PROGRESS TBA
Lancaster, PA Nicholas Moehlmann Susquehanna Valley Balloon Co. 2 – 4
Lemont, PA Kevin Witt IN PROGRESS TBA
Montrose, PA Ryan J. Coy Foolish Pleasures Hot Air Balloons 3 – 4
Norristown, PA

Jenn Goldbloom Wonderful Whirled 2
North Wales, PA Jack Edling Blue Dragon Balloons – 215-699-3280 4
Northeastern Pennsylvania Scott & Tony Saxton Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons 2 – 5+
Pocono Mts, PA Ray Chase Balloon Chase Adventures 1 – 3
Pottstown, PA Stan Hess United States Hot Air Balloon Team – 800-763-5987 2 – 10
Preston Park, PA Alan Jones IN PROGRESS TBA

Other Areas

Location Owner Business # of Passengers
Newark, DE Charles Blair Blair Ballooning 2
Tavares, FL Bill Whidden IN PROGRESS TBA
Venice, FL Jim Duncan IN PROGRESS TBA
Minneapolis, MN Area Larry Konash Air America 6
Reno, NV Jeff Haliczer IN PROGRESS TBA
Milford, NH Eric Nickerson IN PROGRESS TBA
Kingsport, TN Wayne Fortney IN PROGRESS TBA
Cambridge, VT Mark Schilling Odyssey Balloons 4
Flint Hill, VA Erik Eaton Skyline Hot Air Balloons, LLC 3
Huddleston, VA John Coulahan IN PROGRESS TBA